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LIVING THE DREAM

Being paid to swim in exotic locations sounds like a dream job. but is a day in the life of a swim guide more of a nightmare? Alice Todd sends us her diary from greek island mathraki

5.45am – Time to get up (groan), check the accuracy of our forecast and get in some exercise before the day begins. Everyone always assumes that as a swim guide you must spend your whole day swimming. That’s not quite true! It’s common to spend most of the day on the boat or watching and encouraging swimmers, so this morning it’s a 10km run round the island, soaking up the view at the top and enjoying a bit of me-time. On this tour we stay on the tiny island of Mathraki, just off Corfu. With just 50 inhabitants (or so I’m told, I’ve only ever counted 19), I know the local population pretty well now; I’m even allowed to join the family for a Greek coffee before our guests wake up. Mama Nora’s coffee is strong enough to wake the neighbours – but thankfully we don’t have any.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!
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